Online School Directory:
You need to have received an email to use the link and temporary password provided the first time you log in. Once you have logged in, and changed your password, you can access the directory by clicking on thislink https://www.myschoolanywhere.com/login.a5w.
Important: All PCS students and families are included in this online directory, and their contact information (phone numbers, email addresses and home addresses) will be displayed unless they have chosen to opt out from having their information available to the entire PCS community via this directory (opt-out forms were included as part of back-to-school paperwork, but it’s NOT too late to opt out – see below). Please review your information in the directory ASAP, to ensure your display preferences are correct
Questions? Email Kathy Maurer.
Covered California Information
Please click here for important information on enrolling in Covered California and Medi-Cal.
Gang Awareness and Personal Safety PowerPoint
Please click on Gang Awareness and Personal Safety Link at the bottom of the page under Files to view PowerPoint.
Reference Card on Gang Information
Santa Cruz Police Dept. has supplied a card for parents on "recognizing and preventing gang involvment". To review this information see the file at the bottom of the page.
SMART START FOR YOUNG DRIVERS
The California Highway Patrol is offering a traffic safety program for teenage drivers and their parents. The Start Smart Program is aimed at helping future and newly licensed teenage drivers become aware of the responsibilities that accompany the privilege of being a licensed California driver. The program is designed as an educational tool for parents and teenagers in an effort to reduce the number of teenage injuries and deaths resulting from traffic collisions, which are the leading cause of death for 15-20 year olds. The primary objective of the program is to provide an understanding of how poor choices behind the wheel can affect the lives of numerous people. The Start Smart program also provides teens and parents with information on defensive driving, traffic laws in California, dynamics of traffic collisions, tips on avoiding traffic collisions, and DUI awareness.
Smart Start classes are free of charge. For more details, and to make a reservation, please call Officer Sarah Jackson at (831) 662-0511.
A Message Sponsored By The PVA:
Help Your Tween and Teen Avoid Backpack Pain
Children and teens carrying backpacks has been linked to back pain, shoulder pain, neck pain, tingling and numbness in the arms, and postural adaptations associated with musculoskeletal disorders. Children typically carry proportionately more weight on their shoulders and backs than adults are allowed to carry in the workplace.
The PVA-sponsored backpack study found that 65% of PCS students are carrying backpacks too heavy for them, and that 55% of PCS students have experienced pain and discomfort as a result of carrying these backpacks. An even larger percentage of PCS students who carry shoulder bags, 70%, reported pain and discomfort from carrying the shoulder bags, even though the shoulder bags were lighter in weight. Without intervention, this occasional pain our children are experiencing could translate into permanent pain for many of our children by the time they reach adulthood. The solution may be simple, and parents can help:
1. Know your goal. Children and teens should carry no more than 10% of their body weight in backpacks. A 100 lb student, for example, should carry no more than 10 lbs, and a 150 lb student should carry no more than 15 lbs. Weigh your tween/teen and backpack to find out how much the backpack weighs now. Compare that with the 10% goal.
2. Reduce the weight. Go through the contents of the backpack with your tween/teen. Evaluate every item to find out what is required every day. When I went through the school backpacks with my children, they each identified at least two pounds of paper and other stuff they no longer needed to carry. They archived returned homework and tests, and threw out or recycled the rest. It was enough to reduce the backpack weight to 10% for one teen and 9% for the other. Make it a weekly habit so the backpack stays lighter.
3. Switch from shoulder bags. Most of the shoulder bags that PCS students use have unpadded straps. If your tween/teen wants to continue using a shoulder bag, replace it with one having  a wide, padded strap to help distribute the weight, and  multiple compartments for better weight distribution of the contents, as well as for easier access. Consider switching from using a shoulder bag to using a backpack.
For more information contact - Ken Nemire, former PCS parent, or go to his website at http://www.HFEconsulting.com/PCS/ .
Beware Flip Flops
Recently the American College of Sports Medicine discovered that summer's favorite pair of shoes can cause long-term injuries to a person's feet, ankles, legs, hips and back. Researchers at Auburn University have found that wearing flip-flops alters the way one walks, changing the gait in subtle ways that can lead to serious sole, heel and ankle problems. Go to http://www.livescience.com/health/080624-bad-flip-flops.html for more information.